Storing Winter Squash and Pumpkins

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Squash and Pumpkins

Storing Winter Squash and Pumpkins

Before storing winter squash and pumpkins, wipe the shell clean with a damp cloth.

Winter squash likes to be stored under cool (but not cold), dry conditions. For best results, try to store squash and pumpkins at temperatures between 50°F (10°C) and 55°F (13°C).  Ensure there is adequate air circulation around the squash.  Store them on shelves and avoid storing them on a cold concrete floor.

Do not store winter squash or pumpkins with ethylene producing fruits like apples or pears.  The ethylene will cause rotting, shortening the shelf life.

Squash can be stored for 1 to 6 months, depending on the variety.

  • Acorn squash – 1 to 2 months
  • Butternut squash – 2 to 3 months
  • Hubbard squash – 3 to 6 months
  • Pumpkins – 2 to 3 months

When it is time to use your pumpkins, there are many options, including soups, pies, cupcakes, and even toasted pumpkin seeds.

If you found this post useful, or if you have any tips for storing winter squash or pumpkins, please leave a comment.

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